Simply beautiful, but not life changing. That’s how I feel about these new Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powders ($24 each) and their gorgeous packaging.
New additions to UD’s permanent line, the powders join UD’s Naked Foundation and Beauty Balm as products designed to produce flawless-looking skin that still appears natural.
Optical blurring pigments (which sound like something a sorceress might pull from her robes) create a soft-focus effect while mellowing out imperfections and controlling oil. The powders are oil-, paraben-, alcohol- and fragrance-free and come in five shades — Naked (works well with shades 0.5-3.0), Naked Medium Light (for shades 2.0-4.0), Naked Medium (4.5-6.5), Naked Medium Dark (6.0-8.0) and Naked Dark (8.0-12.0).
Lots of good stuff here, but by far my favorite thing about these is their ability to control oil. The shade closest to my skin tone, Naked Dark, keeps my oily forehead matte and shine-free for 6-8 hours. I barely even need to touch up when I wear it. Plus, it really does look like natural skin (versus heavy spackle).
But I’m not so crazy about the shade selection for darker skin tones… I wear the darkest shade, Naked Dark, and really, it’s not that dark at all. There’s a very limited selection here for brown babes.
This one also contains a little more beige than I’d like, and it can take on a gray cast depending on the light. The color also darkens slightly (oxidizes) as the day wears on…
I think it may also be breaking me out.
Yup, my chin is my acne hot zone for zits, but it had been clear of pimples for a while until I started using this. I can’t say for sure if the one is causing the other, and (sigh) a lot of things give me breakouts, but if you have super sensitive skin, it’s just something to keep in mind.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Urban Decay counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Happy hump day!
I’m off to San Diego tomorrow for a couple days, and wouldn’t ya know it? — I put off looking for my wetsuit for weeks, and now it’ll be a miracle if I actually find it.
I vaguely remember stuffing it into a bag and sticking it in the garage of our old apartment before we moved three years ago… I really, REALLY hope we didn’t leave it behind or, almost as bad, that it isn’t in a box somewhere with a billion creepy crawlies.
I’m not about to rent a wetsuit to go surfing because people pee in those things! No thank you.
On that note, good morning.
I hope you’re having a nice one so far. Anything new or exciting to report? Other than procrastinating on my packing, it’s been pretty mellow out here (your nephew Tabs is behaving for once).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,